Post # 17
We considered 8-10 for about 20 oot people, but ended up getting a special rate at a hotel which allows the rate till 80 capacity and no responsibility on our part – we advised guest it was limited so to book sooner than later! We gave other options in case they missed out on the special one. The blocks scared me since it was about 80% responsibility in most hotels!
Post # 18
Our wedding is ~70 people. 14 of us are staying at a vacation rental. I reserved only 10 rooms at a nice hotel (the minimum), but it is the off season, so I’m sure there will still be plenty available if more people choose to stay at that hotel. Most will be coming from out of town, but many have family in the area, so I don’t know who will bok a room and who won’t.
Post # 19
We blocked off 25 rooms because all of my family will be coming in from out of town. The hotel had a couple incentives for us too…if we have 10 rooms booked they will shuttle anyone to and from the reception…if we have 15 rooms booked, the bride and groom get a complimentary room. It isn’t a fancy hotel or anything (just a Hilton Garden Inn) but we bookeda jacuzzi room which I’m sure I will be thankful for at the end of a long day!
Post # 20
Our hotel is pretty small, so we just booked the whole thing. Another wedding was interested in it and we didn’t want to lose the rooms or end up splitting the hotel with them or anything.
Not only is a lot of our wedding coming from out of town, but there are a lot of drinkers in my family, and they typically reserve a hotel room when we have weddings so that they don’t have to drive home. Plus, we’re planning on having the after-party in the hotel bar.
There was no charge or anything, but everyone has to be booked by May 15 or they let the rest of the rooms go.
Post # 21
@fiftyfootbride – Not a dumb question! I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for asking as now I have my answer. 🙂
Post # 22
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I think we did 15 initially. They’ll usually suggest a number to you. See if they’ll call you and let you know when you’re getting close to capacity (that’s what we did). We ended up blocking an additional 10 rooms, and the ones that weren’t booked were released a few weeks before the wedidng.
Post # 23
We had a destination wedding with 65 guests. We reserved 15 Friday night and 20 for Saturday and Sunday night (our wedding was on Sunday), so 55 nights total and we had to guarantee 80% of that. Our hotel also included all the nights for all the guests, like if someone stayed Thursday or Monday it counted towards our total. We ended up filling all 55 nights plus a few more.
Post # 24
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Thanks ladies for your advice on this! It wasn’t even on my radar. We just blocked off 20 rooms for June 17-21. They gave us a comp suite and a big ol’ discount on rooms since we’re doing it so far in advance. 79 bucks a night for their biggest rooms with hardwood floors and big fluffy beds. I’m pretty stoked. 🙂
So yeah, thanks again ladies.